Duprat, Antoine äNtwän´ düprä´ [key], 1463–1535, chancellor of France and cardinal. First president of the Paris Parlement (1508), he was a trusted adviser of Louise of Savoy, who appointed him tutor to her son, the future King Francis I . Upon assuming the throne in 1515, Francis I made Duprat chancellor. Duprat negotiated the Concordat with Leo X (1516), which increased the royal authority over the Roman Catholic Church. Using his office to augment the growth of absolute monarchy, he sought to decrease the power of the parlements and reformed the financial system. In 1525 he governed France during the king's brief captivity following the battle of Pavia. His wife having died (1508), Duprat took Holy Orders in 1516 and was made a cardinal in 1527 and papal legate in 1530.
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